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The story of the Edison Schools is a gripping tale of money, kids, and greed. What began in the 1980s as an enterprise to transform public schools quickly became a troubled business battling falling test scores and dismal stock prices. How did the most ambitious for-profit education company in U.S. history lose respect, money, and credibility in such a short time? Revealing how American McEducation went from glory to crisis, The Edison Schools tracks entrepreneur Christopher Whittle's plan to introduce a standardized nationwide curriculum and cut administrative waste. Education specialist Kenneth J. Saltman finds that the critics' predictions came true in Edison schools across the country: Experienced teachers left in droves, students were virtually given answers to standardized tests to drive up scores, and difficult students were "counselored" out.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415950466
ISBN-10: 0415950465
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 14mm)
Pages: 248
Imprint: Routledge Falmer
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Kenneth J. Saltman

Kenneth J. Saltman is Assistant Professor, Social and Cultural Studies in Education, DePaul University.

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